Lakeland Continuing Education
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094

Basic Police Academy

Dates:May 9 - August 28, 2014
Meets:Fri, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, 80 sessions
Location:A Building A2013
Instructor:Instructor Information
Fee: $3,800.00  Fee Breakdown

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Course Description

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Lakeland's 605+ hour Regional Basic Police Academy is administered by the Department of Continuing Education, in conjunction with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council (OPOTC). The Basic Police Academy is required training to become a police officer in the State of Ohio. The curriculum includes all topics required by the OPOTC, and others as determined by the Academy Commander.

The program will be full-time, with most classes running from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some Saturday and Sunday classes will be scheduled. The program will begin May 2016 and continue through to August 2016. Graduates of Lakeland's Criminal Justice Program are eligible for a 10% discount on the Academy fee.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be 21 years of age by June 30, 2016.
  • Completion of Basic Police Academy application by February 19, 2016.
  • Prior to acceptance, applicant must pass our psychological exam.
  • Prior to acceptance, applicant must pass our physical fitness evaluation.
  • Possess a valid Ohio driver's license.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Sealed or expunged felony convictions as an adult and/or juvenile may exclude an applicant from entering the police academy.
  • No convictions for any domestic violence offense as defined in Ohio Revised Code Chapter.
  • No conviction for any sex offense as defined in Ohio Revised Code 2907.
  • No conviction for any offense of violence, or any offense of causing, or threatening to cause physical harm to another as defined in Ohio Revised Code 2903.
  • On February 19, 2010, the Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District of Ohio in State v. Robinson, 2010-Ohio-543, determined that a minor-misdemeanor violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.11 (possession of a drug of abuse, to include marijuana) creates a disability prohibiting the possession of a firearm by state standards, unless the person convicted has been relieved from disability. Accordingly, Peace Officer Basic Training candidates who have previously been convicted of minor-misdemeanor possession will be barred from participating in the academy, unless the disability is relieved by court order.

Application Packets:

Application packets for the full-time academy will be available beginning December 1, 2015 in our Continuing Education Office, A-2122 or online at Lakeland's BPA


Registration applications for the Basic Police Academy must be turned in, in person--no fax, mail, or Web registrations permitted. Deadline: February 19, 2016


Please contact Kelly Matier, Basic Police Academy, at 440-525-7154 or email at


In County Tuition: TBA
Out of County Tuition: TBA

BPA Question and Answer Open House

You must call to register for this free meeting. We are holding an open house for the full-time academy on Saturday, November 21, 2015 beginning at 10:30 a.m. we will be handing out applications in person and will hold a brief Q&A to answer some of your questions. Call 440-525-7116 to register. We hope to see you there!
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